Daniel 1-2

Read Daniel 1-2.

Groundhog Day–the holiday took place about three weeks ago, but the movie, was released almost three decades ago. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a film that tells the story of a TV weatherman who finds himself reliving the same day again and again and again. He’s stuck in a cycle that just keeps repeating, which is kind of where we find Daniel and his friends.

Daniel was among the young men taken from Judah into captivity in Babylon. They would be trained for royal service for three years and then stand before King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel and those with him were assigned a portion of the king’s food and wine each day, but Daniel decides that he will eat neither. Negotiating with the officer in charge, Daniel strikes a deal. Daniel and his friends would eat vegetables and drink water for ten days, and then it would be determined who appeared to be in better health. At that time, not only was their appearance better than those who ate the king’s food, but their understanding and skill also surpassed the rest.

Daniel’s confidence in his conviction proved to be warranted, and it secured for him a position in the king’s court. So, when Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that none of the Chaldeans could interpret, Daniel requested a time to interpret the king’s dream, where he did just that, giving all the glory to God. As a result of Daniel’s faithful service, Nebuchadnezzar would confess, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.” In his request for food and the interpretation of the dream, Daniel remained true to the God he knew in a land he didn’t know. Because of Daniel’s faith, Nebuchadnezzar came to know the greatness of God. Today, I pray that your faith lived out, whether in ways that seem big or small to you, would lead others to know the greatness of God.

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